The idea of innocence is, and historically has been, ingrained in the stereotypical feminine ideologies of girlhood and the idea that young girls should remain corruption-free is ardently upheld by society. The complicated principle of this idea of girlhood innocence is addressed in Marah Gubar’s Keywords Essay, Innocence, as she asserts that “our culture has enthusiastically sexualized the child while denying just as enthusiastically it was doing any such thing”. Gubar explains that the appeal of girlhood innocence isn’t always in perfect purity as there is an underlying erotic function of the emphasis on the pure or unadulterated. It’s this marriage of the innocent and erotic that creates a fragile social barrier between girlhood and womanhood. The delicate ideology of girlhood innocence is easily disrupted upon engaging in sexual activity and this so-called moral violation has routinely been trailed by societal mistreatment. Whether this breach of innocence was intentional, through consensual acts, or outside the girl’s control, as in the case of sexual assault, has historically been of little focus in the midst of social criticism. This concept of a nonconsensual breach of innocence can be seen in both Toni Morrison’s, The Bluest Eye and in Lady Gaga’s “Til’ It Happens to You” music video. Within her 20th century novel, Morrison included multiple instances of sexual assault and violence against women that resulted in societal damnation of the young female survivors. Her depiction of the damaging victim-blaming behavior by the adults in the text points to a greater focus on the existence of rape culture today. Much of society is still quick to vilify girls for corruption of their innocent stereotypes, whether or not the incident was consensual. The point this text makes on rape culture and innocence can be linked to the powerful visual representation given by Lady Gaga in her music video for “Til’ It Happens to You”. This song was written in accordance with the 2015 documentary film, The Hunting Ground, which addressed the disturbing amount of sexual assaults that occur on college campuses across the United States. The music video depicts multiple scenes of traumatic sexual assault and the ensuing emotional turmoil felt by the survivors as they attempt to function in a society that will not address this systemic problem. Both Morrison’s text and Lady Gaga’s music video tackle the difficult and essential job of creating a discourse on sexual violence and rape culture while shining a light on the societal issue of unjustly condemning young girls for a corruption of expected innocence.